Pickle Festival

2017

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20 — Mount Olive Pickle Festival Wednesday, April 26, 2017 The Tour de Pickle — presented by Wayne UNC Health Care — is a three- stage race that takes riders on pic- turesque routes throughout Wayne, Duplin and Sampson counties. Riders can participate in either the 25-mile, 53- mile or 75-mile race depending on their level of experience. The races are staggered in five-minute increments with the 75-mile riders leav- ing the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Distribution Center at 9:30 a.m. Every rider will be on their respective course within 10 minutes of the start. Riders had the option of either down- loading maps on their smartphones or asking for a hard copy the day of regis- tration. The courses run adjacent to U.S. 117 and crossover at some points as the riders head back into Mount Olive. Landmarks help the riders identify specific points on each map, including places to stop for snacks or take a bath- room break. "They like the terrain, which is flat for the most part — a country ride, basical- ly," Sanders said. "People come from dif- ferent towns. We've had some people sign up from Virginia and South Carolina. There are a core group of peo- ple who do five, six or seven races a year. "The Tour de Pickle is getting pretty popular. There are some very athletic people who ride it each year." Sanders said the Tour is usually com- pleted within five hours. Each rider receives a T-shirt and jar of Mt. Olive Pickles for participating. He noted the cyclists who do the 25- and 50-mile races wind up going downtown to enjoy the food, rides, antique car shows and live music associated with the Pickle Festival. A portion of the ride proceeds will benefit the outreach programs of Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church. "I was a council member up until last year," Sanders said. "I can't exactly remember how much we received last year. Whatever we get, we put right back into the community 100 percent. I'm very proud to say that." Continued from 19 TOUR DE PICKLE Geared up and ready to go, bikers line the street to begin the 2016 Tour de Pickle. This year, organizers expect more than 200 competitors to bike through the town and the county during the 2017 N.C. Pickle Festival. Pedal your bicycle 75 miles in the Tour de Pickle on Saturday morning. Then, come downtown and enjoy our wonderful VILLAGE of Mount Olive. PICKLE CLUE

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